Suggestions needed on lighting..

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  1. Meneer

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    I have currently got a 1.2m , 450 deep running with 2xT5 54W 10000's and 2 T5 54W Actinics.

    My lighting schedule is Actinics on at 12H00, and off at 21H00
    10000's on at 12H15 and off at 20H45

    I will be adding another T5 54W 10000, ass well as a T5 54W Reef Blue. (they will be on the same ballast.

    My problem is that my tank is quite dark until the lights come on.

    I was thinking of changing so that one 10000 and the Blue comes on at around 08H00 till 14H00, when the rest comes on. I can then swich them off, and maybe on again at night for a hour or 2.

    I do not have a lot of corals yet. Only 2 leathers, a few Zoa frags, and a bunch of mushrooms.

    I will soon be adding more corals and a nennie....

    Any suggestions??
     
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    Well 6x54W is good enough for most coral, but you cant add a nennie dude, the tank is WAY to new for that
     
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    How many days exactly before I can add a nenny dude?
    What is my parameters?
    What am I dosing?

    Know why you're doing what you're doing.....
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    see above
     
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    That was my point exactly. How one judge whether I can add a nennie if he does not know what my parameters are, what I am dosing etc.

    What exactly happens after 5 months and 28 days that allows you to add a nenny?

    Your tank is mature and stable - THAT's what happens. I have seen tanks that has been running for 14 months and I would not even put frogspawn in there.

    A mature tank is not dependent on the amount of time it has been running, but how it is treated and dosed and set up.


    The TOP post on this thread was my question....
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    A mature tank is a tank that has params that are stable and don't change. The reason is that stops stress on the livestock. It also allows the reefer to know how, what and where there tank works and the biology of reefing.

    U can add one at any stage u just lessen the life span if conditions are not optimal, as a degrading nemmie is hard to revive.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    To answer, 6 globes is fine, as for time on, I go for min 8 hrs, as for sunrise effect and sunset, I think it just makes reefers happy.
    My lights are on from 4pm till 11pm weekdays and weekends from 9am till bedtime
     
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    Im no expert on lighting, but I would think you would need at least all 6 T5's as the mainstay of your lihghting in the tank if your wanting a nennie, Ie running the 8 hours....

    But wait for those who know their T5's Im just speculating....
     
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    Just feels weird feeding a dark tank. I work from home, so I feed small amounts 3 times daily.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Then adjust the lights according to ur viewing and work times, the reason mine are on that late is so I can have them on when home from work and thru the eve.
     
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